If you’re looking for the best DraftKings MMA sleepers to add to your UFC Fight Night 103 lineup then you’ve come to the right place. Daily Fantasy MMA has you covered with three sleepers for under $8k.
This fight card has a lot of low-tier heavyweight fights. While the ranked heavyweights tend to end fights before the three rounds are up, sometimes the lower level big guys can leave it in the hands of the judges. For that reason, there was only one 265+ fighter that caught my attention, and mostly because of the matchup.
3 UFC Fight Night 103 DraftKings MMA Sleepers
Court McGee ($7,800)
Court Mcgee is a juggernaut. In his last 10 fights, he’s only been finished once. On the flip, he’s won six of those 10 fights with five being decision victories.
In those five decision wins, he is averaging a solid 84.2 fantasy points. His top game on the ground can yield submissions, but he focuses on the ground and pound more.
He averages 64.4 significant strikes, 1.5 takedowns and 0.8 advanced yielding 57.2 fantasy points. I like those numbers, especially at $7.8K.
If McGee can grind out a win or late round KO/TKO over Saunders, he’ll score enough points to compliment the rest of your DraftKings lineup.
Chase Sherman ($7,500)
Chase Sherman will fight Walt Harris in his sophomore UFC bout
BJ Penn ($7,000)
I know what you’re thinking, and you’re probably right. Yair Rodriguez should easily be the winner in this fight. In my main card predictions bit I picked him to win.
He fights with an energy inside the cage that makes it hard to fathom Penn being able to stay competitive with. Especially as the rounds go on.
Being a five round fight, the odds are not in the former lightweight champion’s favor. So why does Penn warrant a spot on the DraftKings MMA sleepers list for this event?
For two good reasons.
1. Anything can happen in MMA
MMA is a funny sport. There are too many ways a fighter can win or lose. BJ has 28 fights since 2001 and has always carried one of the top BJJ games inside the cage.
“They say this is old school versus new school. Kicking ass is timeless.”– BJ Penn
Rodriguez is going to be a heavy tornado that Penn will have to figure out fast. But the puzzle that BJ brings to the ground game could potentially be as equally challenging for Rodriguez.
Rodriguez told Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting that he would submit Penn on the ground if he needed to. I find this harder to imagine than it is for him to dispatch BJ with his strikes.
2. Great Coaching Helps in MMA
As with any sport, coaches do enhance performance. They can also reduce performance, much like how many speculate was the case for Ronda Rousey.
One factor I always consider with my daily fantasy mma picks is what camp the fighter is from. Big name camps like Jackson-Winklejohn, American Kickboxing Academy, and American Top Team as examples tend to help elevate the performance of the fighter. Each does so in different ways.
What may help give BJ Penn an added benefit in this fight is preparing for it at Jackson-Winklejohns. Greg Jackson and Mike Winklejohn have been known to come up with some brilliant game plans constructed for specific routes to victory. Their success is well documented.
Another added benefit about Penn training at Jackson-Winklejohn is that Yair Rodriguez used to train their himself. It’s been about two years since Rodriguez left but having trained under the same coaches Penn is know can only help.
In the past 48 hours, Penn has dropped from a +370 to a +315 underdog
It makes sense why Penn would be priced at $7K. But I’m not the only one not sold on ruling him out of this one. In the past 48 hours, Penn has dropped from a +370 to a +315 underdog. Meaning, more people are willing to put some money on the line that Penn wins against Rodriguez.